Brut66 guitarist Pete Bufo was perilously close to leaving this mortal coil early November 2012 after an ‘altercation’ with a bouncer at a gig in Lennox Head Northern NSW. As you will see from these images Pete is a peaceful, loving family guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly. This is a song we wrote together a few years ago. The chorus, "After all we were built for love", is his, it sums Pete up top a tee. We’re so glad you are still with us.
This page has been established to promote contact and support for Jelly, who is in Westmead Children’s Hospital undergoing treatment for Leukaemia.
Exhibition at my Gallery, opening tomorrow night ……… The Ho Ho Ho Show …… group show, with some FABULOUS local artists. It is a MUST see. Opening at 6pm @ ‘everything that’s beautiful’ 2/1 Church Street Lane. Bellingen. Thank You.
OPENING 2 DECEMBER 2011. That’s this Friday Night. 6p.m.
Here we go – one picture a month for 2011 of life here in the Bellingen Shire.
2BBB – The Voice of the Valley….the Plateau, and the Seaboard!
What is 2 BBB FM?
A bit of everything, really…..a truly marvellous snapshot of the Bellingen Shire. It’s
Local Bello breakfast National News weather flood reports rock talk lunch classical blues youth countryFrench Slim Dusty late night Global electronic Jazzworld hiphop Punk rockabilly poetry Latin late night rave ComRad Satellite BBC world service deadly Aboriginal sounds drama Community local charactersambient trance Transition Town.
We were inquorate at last Thursday’s AGM. 2BBB needs Fresh, Enthusiastic, Energetic Members to take up key jobs to keep us keeping on……7pm CWA Rooms Church St TONIGHT 3/11/11.
BELLINGER RIVER LINKS
Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Saturday 3 January 1891
1891 ‘Notes and Sketches on the Bellinger River, N.S.W.’,Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63611959
Good Morning to you all. Now that I have been home almost a week, some of the semblances of comfort have resumed their usual positions in my life. The man I live with has gone to work. The daughter and the Cheery Redhead are to go to Singing in Bellingen and I have time to sit at the eBENCH quite early in the day and return to Yaaning rather than problem solving or quick posts. Today, Pearl from ABC POOL in Bellingen is coming to visit. She has baked a cake for me. We are going to talk about my memories of the BELLINGER RIVER. At the end of this month, the Inaugral BELLINGER RIVER FESTIVAL is to be held and people are gathering tales and pictures and whatever else they can.
Pearl rang me the other day to see whether I would like to talk with her and having said YES, I have come to the conclusion that I know very little about the River especially further up in the Bellingen area. I do a lot of scrounging through the old newspapers and a lot of googling and I have listened to many people over the years, but I don’t actually know a lot, myself.
Well, that’s how it seems to me right now. I do, however, know that History is often wiser when gathered in small pieces from various sources.
What is happening on the Bellinger River today will become part of its history tomorrow. Now, that’s a comforting thought.
REGATTAS, CARNIVAL ETC ON THE BELLINGER.
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Friday 6 January 1911||The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,|
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 18 February 1929,
I wonder where the Carnival was held.
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 29 December 1926
Congrats to all the people , under Buster Barnett’s tireless ‘whiphand’, who have worked and worked and brought the Museum back into existence better than ever before.
This October will see the Inaugaral Bellingen River Festival. It looks like a very good idea to me. Check the Facebook Page. I am going to do some TROVE digging to see what other tales I can dig up.
THE BELLINGER DISTRICT WAS CALLED WUNGHADU = RIGHT HAND.
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915), Saturday 16 September 1899.
A brief review of the fisheries of New South Wales, present and potential .. (1910)
The Late Rainfall. (1900, July 28). Clarence and Richmond Examiner.
john curran on the bellingen island
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915), Tuesday 4 October 1910,
The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.
Azaleas have had significance in Bellingen. Years back we had a festival here and it was known as the Azalea Festival. We had it in Springtime and Floats went down the street. I am agitating lightly for the return of the Azalea Festival. I think that even some of the Incomer Nouveaus might enjoy it. WE had Azalea Princesses and marching bands. Bellingen has become a little remote from the simple magic of the Festival. Murwillumbah , up North, has reactivated its Sugar and Banana Festival. Time to bring back the Azalea Festival to the Main Street of Bello. I think I have only one photo of azaleas amongst my collection and that was a bush in Ulmarra. I don’t actually like them much because they are unperfumed but they look good en masse. I have NO pics of the Festival and haven’t as yet been able to locate one online. Best put an azalea pic up anyways. It won’t be mine but there might be someone who isn’t familiar with them. I don’t know how Bellingen’s azaleas are looking this year. We are Soooo waterlogged and I don’t think that’s going to bring them to full flower. One of my early memories of Bellingen is of jasmine in the springtime. I was camped in a tent by the Tropical Island in the middle of the river, reading Lord of the Rings by lamplight and the perfume brought a magic into my life that wasn’t part of my Belmore World in Sydney.
Now for an image of an azalea.
Aha ! Thanks to Pip Wilson once more. http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2009/09/bellingen-community-fest-lost-to.html
FROM 2009 WILSON’S BLOGMANAC
Bellingen is called, or used to be called, the Azalea Town and all the flowers are coming out in full bloom around town. Our climate and slightly acidic but fertile soil are perfect for azaleas, that queen of flowers. Sadly, the Azalea Festival isn’t held any more, with its parade of colourful floats in the main street and a plethora of community activities. This tradition, held each year around September 15, encouraged fun and community participation at no charge, and the town looked fantastic as almost everyone had azaleas in their gardens, with the show of whites, pinks and reds a feast for the eye.
Sadly, it has recently gone, and the only festivals now are specifically genre music ones, commercial ventures charging very high entry fees. The next such festival is in October, and entry for an adult is an incredible $230 (for three days), beyond the pockets of all but the well-heeled. The owners of the festival require visitors to wear wristbands — shades of authoritarianism, unnecessary and very unaustralian.
I would love to see the not-for-profit Azalea Festival reinstated, and from what I can gather, so would many other Bellingenites. Not a festival that focuses on one or more types of music at high prices, but one that celebrates the community and a wide variety of aspects of culture and arts, designed for community, and pride in community, not for private profit.
Once again thank you for your great letters it is so great to know we all belong to such a
wonderful organization of members worldwide. We had Back to Church Sunday today
but not many were able to come due to other things happening like rowing in the river
each week as they go in the races for Breast Cancer, most people in the boat have been
able to survive, do they have these boat races over there? Others had to go to other
towns to baby sit their grandchildren, but nevertheless we had a good service.
Our minister the Reverend Stephen Davis is just back from his 10 week long service
leave and holidays. He’s 6ft 3in tall and rides a motor bike, his wife Leeola also rode a
bike but just before their holidays they sold both their cars and bikes and bought a bike
with a side car and a utility to pull their caravan for their holidays. We had a very busy
day in Bellingen on the 21st August. We have had a Jazz Festival in Bellingen for the
last 20 years, over this weekend 20th, 21st and 22nd where we get thousands coming.
Years ago we used to have some of the performers staying but not the last few years.
As I might have told you before we have markets in the Park every 3rd weekend with
up to 250 stalls there with all kinds of things. This year was also Federal Elections
where it has only just been sorted out. Also we had a stall in the grounds as the
elections were held in our hall, we did very well at that, it was hard to get anywhere
that day. For many years the Rotary Club held a garden competition the Azalea Festival
this week, and after a wet winter and a dry August the Azaleas all around town are
A FLORAL RAMBLING OF MY OWN
With the new Church Streetscape on my mind, I wandered down Hyde Street the other day and came upon the bench where the old Library was. This is what I call A BENCH. REST A WHILE – it says clearly. REST A WHILE.
I didn’t sit there this week but I have often done so. I did take a seat outside the Bellingen Museum. Sat there with a couple of Urunga men and talked about Old Times. Then I headed up into Church Street and took a look at the new streetscape. Some of it I like and some of it I don’t like.
That’s my IGA BENCH they’re standing on. Who says Young People don’t care? Take a look at these Kids !
Proudly presented by The Sonic Lab in association with Bellingen Jazz Fest, ‘The Hyde Street Swamp Stomp’ is sure to be a massive night. With a stellar line up of ridiculously amazing musicians, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Flap! and Cope Street Parade, you won’t want to miss this one. It’s all happening at Bellingen Diggers Tavern on Saturday August 20th. Get your tix on www.bellingenjazzfestival.com.au.
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I went to Crazy Day on Saturday and I LOVED it. Back to roots size festival. Got me thinking once more of the small fund raisers and the small festivals like my beloved AZALEA Festival and the URUNGS SPORTS WEEK.
Then I figured there must be even older celebrations and fund raisers in my equally beloved HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA so I am going for a hunt this morning and see what other ideas we can come up with for raising money for the BELLO HOSPITAL and other worthy causes. See what Ideas we can come up with for simple pure FUN.
FUN IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Okay then, Back into the bowels of the NLA Historic Newspapers and lets see what ideas we can reclaim from the past.
IDEAS FOR FUN AND/OR FUND RAISING IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.
|A steamer ride to the North Beach|
|A Cricket Match with Deep Creek.|
|A day at the Races|
|Novelty Flower Show.|
|A Scottish Fair|
|Belgian Day on the Bellinger|
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,
AND ITS FLOODING AGAIN.
The school bus just headed up our road but I reckon she’ll be empty. The driveway is barely open and there’s a high tide coming in.
For more info :
The school bus had to reverse about 1/2km.